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What would you change about iPhone 7?

iPhone 7 is here and we're starting to spend some quality time with them. That means falling in love with new features like the much-improved cameras, longer battery life, higher performance, and water proofing. But it also means finding all those quirks and irks we'd love Apple to change up and smooth out for next time.

So, if your customer survey arrived in the mail today, what would you ask Apple to do for iPhone 8?

  • Water resistance at IP68 levels so it can really take a dive and keep on clicking.
  • Flagship 4-inch model. (Please don't call it the iPhone 8 Minus!)
  • Metallic purple or blue finish.
  • Smart Connector for accessories
  • Optical image stabilization for telephoto camera.
  • True Tone dynamic color temperature for wide gamut display.
  • Higher density 2K/1080p displays.
  • Increase screen to bezel ratio.
  • Even more efficient battery.
  • Even better-hidden antenna lines.
  • Wireless charging.
  • Ceramic casing.
  • Headphone jack.

Those are just some ideas, for those hoping for better VR, a double-heavy battery to catch more Pokemon, a camera so the DSLR can finally stay home, or simply new shades of bling. But I want to hear your ideas.

What would you love to see Apple change about iPhone 7? What's on your iPhone 8 — or iPhone 7s, or iPhone X! — wish list?

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

97 Comments
  • 1) fast charging
    2) higher resolution screen in the 4.7-inch version
    3) make it a little thicker to accommodate a higher-capacity battery
    4) give me back my headphone jack!
  • I agree. Won't be getting a new iPhone for quite a while because I plan to keep my headsets and don't want adapters. I also like to charge and listen to my phone at the same time (again without more adapters). Would also like a better camera. Phones are too thin and my hands have a hard time holding them. Too bad Jobs isn't alive to rein in Ives ideas. Definitely would like it to be like iPhone 4 size. No more bezel either. Move the home button to any side. If they did this then iPhone 4 could have same size screen as iPhone 6.
  • I bought the 7 in spite of these shortcomings, and it's an outstanding piece of engineering, but could be so much better if it had the items I listed above.
    I listen to music at the gym and already use bluetooth earbuds, but would love the option of a 3.5-mm jack so I could use my Bose noise-cancelling headphones while travelling without having to carry an extra bit of (small, easily lost) hardware.
  • It's not easily lost if you just keep the adapter plugged in to your headphones, or keep it together with your headphones
  • Never thought of that, why I can get few for all my headphones! Even better super-glue them together. Better still Apple could add a headphone jack, then I could use headphones and charge the iPhone at the same time without two (2) dongles. If Apple was not such a bunch of jerks they would have come out with alternatives a year or two before removing the only non-proprietary headphone connector. Oh BTW there are other devices that use the headphone connector. The point: Why add a pain point that can only reduce sales? Personally, for the first time, I will not be buying a new iPhone and I suspect I may not be the only one.
  • Such a brat. You're (presumably) an adult, quit acting like a corporation owes you anything. Sent from the iMore App
  • Qc35 is the way to go. You wouldn't forward looking asking for headphone jack in IPhone 8. Thats not apple's vision and people who ask for headphone jack can continue living in the past, and rest assure it has 0% chance of happening. Sent from the iMore App
  • I agree with everything there except the headphone jack. It's time to move forwards, the headphone jack is limited in what it can do and it'll be great to see what companies can do with the Lightning port
  • Thanks Apple Bot Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • You're welcome troll
  • I agree but at the very least, everyone should just be mature about this. Apple decided that they didn't want it in the phone and it sounds reasonable. Get over it and quit complaining. Sent from the iMore App
  • The size. Male it 5". Smaller bezel top and bottom. Ability to set other apps as default, outlook over mail, gmaps and chrome over maps and safari. Sent from the iMore App
  • 1) Filesystem Access
    2) SD Card
    3) Third Party Stores
    4) Make it thicker if you must.
    5) Absolution from the "Doctrine of Insufficient Adulation"-Walt Mossberg
    http://www.recode.net/2014/1/2/12098626/its-not-a-church-its-just-an-app... Now I ask the author, "Which would you be most inclined to grant?"
  • 1) Scratch proof, more durable Jet Black body (In a perfect world, so that no case is required)
    2) Better camera
    3) File system access
    3) Better / OLED screen
    4) Rapid, wireless charging
    5) Headphone jack
  • Why would you want the headphone jack back? It's limited in what it can do, it'll be great to see what companies can do with the Lightning port
  • Because the headphone jack did more good than harm, so people like me like it.
  • The headphone jack limited what people could do with it as it was an audio-only port. So much more can be done with the Lightning port, it's the way forwards
  • You could already do 'so much more' with the lightning jack. There is no reason to remove the headphone jack except as a money grab to customers Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • The headphone jack has to be removed because otherwise consumers and manufacturers will default to the headphone jack without trying the Lightning port. This is a "be cruel to be kind" situation, where removing the headphone jack forces people and manufacturers onto the Lightning port, but then they will realize they can do more with it, and will be glad for it in the end
  • -Better Screen to bezel ratio
    -metallic blue
    -true tone P3 display OLED (No PPI bump as it hurts battery life and you can't see the difference at this point) Sent from the iMore App
  • Forget the cameras and batteries, I don't think they care as long as it fits into the thin cases. FOCUS on a cloud application like Dropbox or MSCloud where you can find/store/restore files easily - possibly a call button instead of file search for important but not always locally stored files. This is much more important to business users and power users. Cameras and weight are nice, but ultimately function must meet fashion. There's a big disconnect now and Android is bridging that gap more quickly than Apple. Sent from the iMore App
  • Availability.
  • lol
  • Just add wireless charging. Sent from the iMore App
  • The whole phone be one color
    Thinner bezels
    Fast charging
    Sharper display Sent from the iMore App
  • Either wireless charging or a USB C port. This would bring synergy between the iOS and Mac lines.
  • Form factor. What I want is a screen more the size of the plus in a body closer to the standard model. Looking forward I am sure Apple can and will make improvements in many other areas, but that's the biggest lacking "feature" on the iPhone 7 right now. Everything else is very good for my usage.
  • 1. Please keep mute switch, unlike iPad Pro. 2. Quick Charging 3. Wireless Charging 4. Longer battery, even if phone size stays the same 5. Or smaller bezels with same battery life at least. 6. Image stabilization for non-plus model 7. True tone I'm good with the rest which are the usual speed, camera, and display improvements. Sent from the iMore App
  • 8. Oh, also, I really wish the power/wake button was moved back to the top of the phone. I just think it worked way better there. After nearly a year of having my 6s and many of times pressing the power button while using the volume buttons, it just gets old. It's also not a button used enough that it needs to be so "accessible" on these larger phones.
  • OIS is present in iPhone 7. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I would make all iPhones equal. The best iPhone is the 7+. My question is why doesn't Apple give the 7 (and maybe even the next generation SE) the same experience that you would get on the 7+? Why not put dual cameras on all iPhones instead of just one? I would keep the experience between all iPhones as consistent as possible and not compromise or cut corners. The only things that should be different between the latest generation iPhones are the dimensions as well as battery size. My 2 cents. Posted with the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • Not sure I agree with that. In the same way that there are things you get on a 7 Series that you don’t get on a 5.
  • If you could be an engineer and fix those issues ... because Apple engineers cant accomplish those. Unless all you could do is imagine, which anyone can do Sent from the iMore App
  • Better screen to bezel ratio. Bigger battery. Higher resolution screen. Headphone jack Truly magical wireless charging. Ceramic casing in black. Better reservation and selling process for iPhone upgrade customers. Better speakers than iPhone 7. Got my 7+ yesterday and even though the new speakers are way better than 6s ones still doesn't match lot of Android phones which have front firing speakers so they are room for improvement. Sent from the iMore App
  • The headphone jack went for a reason, it's limited in what it can do. A digital port provides much more functionality for headphones, and removing the headphone jack also gives Apple more space to put even better things in the phone
  • 1. Thinner bezels
    2. Headphone jack Sent from the iMore App
  • Thinner bezels maybe, but the headphone jack had to go to move forwards with the iPhone
  • Why did it have to go. It could have stayed it worked did not need charging. Fan boys always agree with Apple even when Apple are wrong.
  • Apple are right, and other companies are following. The Moto Z already removed the headphone jack, and Intel are making the move too
    http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/17/12519936/intel-usb-type-c-headphone-ja... A digital port offers many more capabilities than an audio-only port, think about it
  • I use a Samsung Galaxy S7 as my work device. I love how thin the bezel is, makes phone much smaller relative to screen size. If iOS could allow third party keyboard support like android does that would be a great update. Also, I use the headphone jack daily, so keeping it would be great.
  • You can still use the headphone jack daily, that's why it comes with an adapter
  • No one will take you seriously if you're constantly replying about the headphone jack. You sound like a delusional fanboy or a company shill. Say it once to make your point and move on. Or even better yet, say nothing at all. Sent from the iMore App
  • Voices should be heard, but yes it does not need to keep being beat to death. Sent from the iMore App
  • People took the Apple Bot seriously before??? Really? Lmao Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I have freedom of speech, and the ability to comment on these articles so I will. You can't stop me
  • But if you lose the adapter you need to buy another one from Apple. So it is just another way Apple suck more cash from you.
  • If you lose your TV remote you'll have to buy another one from said TV manufacturer, are they sucking cash from you as well? What completely stupid logic…
  • Bigger Screen size with a smaller bezel - a 6" or 6.5" screen in somewhere near the current iPhone Plus case dimension would be wonderful if it would fit - if it wouldn't fit then I'll take an even bigger phone body. Better Cameras Software - allow me to change default programs (google maps rather than apple maps), Put all apps into an alphabetized drawer. If they could give us a file system, and give us mouse support, I'd even use an iPad again.
  • 1) Make the regular and plus features IDENTICAL. Same EXACT camera, etc. The only difference should be battery size and physical size. 2) More back color options for black fronts. Dark blue, rose gold, not just black. 3) Wireless charging. 4) Significantly better camera.
  • OLED. Native resolution to match iOS. Smaller form factor for Plus. Ceramic black.
  • Typing this from a matte black 7 and I can honestly say, I wish it was space grey.... I may see if I can exchange it for a silver. Sent from the iMore App
  • I did not mean to click the Reported button. Sorry.
  • I would apply the following changes:
    1) Return the Headphone jack.
    2) 1080p Display for the 4.7" iPhone. The 5.5" can also be 1080p
    3) MAKE IT THICKER. more battery please :) Otherwise, i think its absolutely gorgeous.
  • The headphone jack is limited, it's time to move forwards with technology. The Lightning port offers so much more for headphone manufacturers and consumers
  • Point is, I wish they would bring back space grey. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would LOVE a size in between the normal phone and the plus. Call me crazy, but I think the galaxies are the perfect sized phone. More reliable lightning plug in the phones. I haven't had a 6-series phone where the lightning plug hasn't gotten so loose it wouldn't hold the plug. Hoping the 7 has fixed that. Never had a problem with the 5 series phones or iPads. 4K hi res oled screens. A ceramic white to match the new watch would be ****. That's really about it.
  • Still don't understand this love with true tone. I've got the big and little Pro and although I notice a difference it isn't a feature I care about. I don't use my big pro wishing it looked like the little one. Considering I don't have my 7 yet I'm not sure. But my desire for file system access will always be at the top as well as the ability to download music files from wherever I choose and play them in the default music application.
  • Move to a universal standard USB C connector.
    Faster charging. Every other phone that's not an iPhone has it.
    Wireless charging, not required though.
    BIGGER BATTERY. COME ON!!!!
    Thicker phone. It hurts my hands.
    Headphone jack, no believable justification given for its removal.
    Do something about these large bezels.
    Home button has to be redesigned. Especially for the larger phone. It's not ergonomic. It's killing my thumbs. Sent from the iMore App
  • There's been plenty of justification for the headphone jack removal, e.g. Digital port offers much more functionality for headphones including higher audio fidelity than the audio-only headphone jack, more space in the phone to put new hardware in there for more features. Other companies are slowly following too
  • Bigger battery
    Higher resolution screen
    Dual camera on both models or shrink the bezels so the 6 isn't so large for the screen size.
  • My wishlist:
    - Native dual-sim support, uses an external adapter today on my iPhone 6, and it is quite awkward;
    - True wireless charging (possibly QI) (have a QI case today)
    - Better battery
    - Flush camera lens Sent from the iMore App
  • Fast charging, wireless charging. Posted via S7 Active with Samsung Pay!
  • I'm sitting out this year. I had the 4s,5,5s,6,6s but the lack of headphone jack makes this one an (even more) expensive hassle. I'll just make do with my 6sPlus. I'm always loosing earbuds--just lost a pair the other day--so I need to wait until there are more dongle-free, economical options available on the market. I fly a lot so the need to charge makes Bluetooth even more of a hassle.
  • Whether you sit this one out or not, you will have to deal with the headphone jack being gone. It's not any more expensive, Apple provides the adapter with the phone
  • I wish the "Jet Black" was more scratch resistant. Saw some scratch test videos on YouTube and it's clear that Jet Black is more prone to scratches compared to other colours. Sent from the iMore App
  • AMOLED screen instead of IPS, definitely. Sent from the iMore App
  • 1) headphone jack
    2) smudge protection (ipad 2/iPhone 4 still smudge-free after years of use, iPad Air/iPhone5/5S/6/6S need cleaning every day)
    3) flush camera lens (make it thicker if needed)
    4) storage upgradeable
  • The camera lens is only made thicker if needed, Apple would want it flush, but this is one case where I think function is more important over form. As for the headphone jack, that's gone with the rest of outdated tech
  • Expandable storage, more colors, AMOLED, and a non explosive battery... wait, wrong phone
  • My 7Plus arrived with yellow cast on screen however after a day has cleared. Speakers vast improvement however mixed results with camera finding pictures often over saturated and not realistic.
    I have decided to continue with 6sPlus and hopefully next year will be a step forward. Sent from the iMore App
  • Too soon. Sent from the iMore App
  • first better screen resolution. bigger screen body ratio. the iphone 7 screen is way to small for the phone size. wireless charging only. hey we go all in or nothing so no more connectors at all.
    always on display is nice to have. smart lock is another good one. i think apple is not moving fast enough and we see how many iphones they sell. because the iphone 7 is not the big seller and any other CEO would not be able to sleep right now.
  • I agree. After the IPhone 7 Keynote, I told a couple friends that I believe this iPhone will be the first one that doesn't surpass previous iPhone sales numbers and will actually be considered a flop. In fact, I bet the media will be typing headlines like "Replace Tim Cook" within the year. Just my thoughts. How analysts can't see this forthcoming disaster is beyond me.
  • that can really happen when you ask me. would not say it is a flop but apple does not going the right way 4.7 inch iphone? 4 inch iphone? even the 5.5 inch iphone is way to big when i compare it to a note 7. best size from all phones is the galaxy S7 edge.
  • Optical image stabilization for telephoto camera.
    Increase screen to bezel ratio.
    Even more efficient battery Sent from the iMore App
  • Expandable storage, full file system access, headphone jack or Usb-c, live on-screen widgets, default app selection, wireless or inductive charging, full nfc access, dedicated back button, option to use Google instead of Siri and remove Apple's privacy restrictions, smaller bezels, better cooling system so it doesn't hiss under load, fast camera access. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Soooo... you just want an Android?
  • Hey, Rene asked.... These are the things that would make me consider a move. Otherwise my phone would only do half of what I need it to do (hmm would make it faster though... Lol) Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • cmdacos is just an Android-fanboy troll, he'll never move to an iPhone so why does he comment on this website? Only one purpose, trolling
  • Wrong again Apple Bot Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • "Wrong again!" And then you fail to explain why I'm wrong. You wouldn't fair well in a courtroom
  • Headphone Jack! Sent from the iMore App
  • No thanks, it's good to see outdated technology gone
  • Yep. Like 720p screens Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Fair point, I'll give you that one
  • I want to see the following:
    1. A mega size model at "6.5
    2. A larger 3300mAh removable battery
    3. A microSD card slot
    4. A headphone jack
    5. 2K screen resolution
    6. Blue colour option
  • You're kidding yourself if you think the headphone jack will make a return. It's gone just like outdated technology has gone in the past
  • No ceramic casing, that would be too much for an already expensive device. I also wonder why iOS 10 will not let the user swipe up to dismiss notifications....is it just me?
  • 1. Needs to be thicker, like 5s/SE form factor with 4.7" screen.
    2. A rugged model, like the Samsung S7 Active would also be appreciated. The wafer thin phones have got to stop or at least give us a less fragile option. These thin phones end up going in a case anyway. I actually felt safe keeping my 5/5s naked. Sent from the iMore App
  • 1. No headphone jack (wanna live in the past ? Pls dont buy iphone)
    2. Bluetooth 5.0
    3. No home button
    4. No bezel
    5. More battery (battery is never enough) Sent from the iMore App
  • Headphone jack Sent from the iMore App
  • Any reason why?
  • 1. Flagship 4-inch model (with better screen quality and water resistance)
    2. Fast/rapid charging (Same speed as Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0)
    3. True wireless charging (My phone charges even I'm meters away from the socket)
    4. Better water resistance (IP68 onwards)
    5. More tricks in the dual camera, better low light (f/1.7), and a camera that can take quality photos underwater
    6. 1080p OLED display for the 4.7'' and 2k OLED display for the 5.5''
    7. Long-lasting battery life. 2850 mAh for the 4.7'' and 3200 mAh for the 5.5''
    8. Better durability to withstand falls (is there such thing as 8000 series aluminum?)
    9. New colors like deep blue, mint green and dark red
  • 1-Headphone jack (because the sound quality is less with lightning adapter see http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/iPhone-7-gemessen-Audio-Adapter-l...)
    2-Non reflective screen
    3-Proper layout of buttons so not being able to mistake one for another
    4-screen buttons (or just normal buttons) that give any way of sensory feedback to your fingertips. Big problem with screen-based keyboards is that you can not blind-type (as I am doing now) as there is no sensory feedback on which key on a keyboard you are touching.
    5-Screens that do not shatter. If a car screen can be kept intact with impact, why then is this not possible for a 5" phone screen?
    6-replaceable battery and storage. It still is the most obnoxious razorblades sales trick I have seen from Apple both for portable computers as for phones: As soon as the battery dies it starts to make sense to buy a new machine as the cost of replacing is so prohibitive. Same for storage. Apple sales argument: If the disk of your computer is full, buy a new machine. Courage!
  • All of the above plus a larger battery. I'd like to see a 2500 mAh battery on the smaller iPhone.
  • All the head phone jack people realize that all phones are looking to take it off much like the Caset player. It is old tech . Motorola is looking at removing next year and Samsung has been removing it from some of there phones already lets move on Sent from the iMore App
  • Should Apple continue to make multiple models, they should all be identical - except for screen size. Only the size should differentiate the 4.0, 4.7 or 5.5 inch phones. All other specifications should be identical. Well, as identical as possible. Certainly a larger phone will have a larger battery. But all should have identical CPUs, RAM, camera, etc.